UAS Sound & Motion series begins Friday

Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2010

Evening at Egan, the Friday night fall lecture series at University of Alaska Southeast, has been in place for nearly 10 years, but until now there has been no formal equivalent planned for the spring. That will change beginning this Friday, when UAS launches Sound & Motion, a series of arts-related events and lectures held periodically on Friday evenings at the Auke Bay campus.

Katie Bausler, UAS director of public relations and marketing at UAS, said the university has often hosted arts events throughout the spring, but that this is the first time they've been offered in a more formal context.

"I think its also sort of pilot program for what we hope will be a more extensive series in 2011," she said.

The first event in the series will be a lecture by Kyle Pickett, music director for the Juneau Symphony, who will present "Who's Afraid of New Music?" on Friday, Jan. 22. His talk, like all the events in the series, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Egan Lecture Hall.

Pickett will discuss the challenges and rewards of performing new music, a topic inspired by the Juneau Symphony's Alaska premiere of a new clarinet concerto by American composer, Lowell Lieberman. He will also discuss how symphonic music evolved through the 20th century.

The next Sound & Motion event will be "Warm Music on a Winter's Night" featuring Linda Rosenthal on violin and Sue Kazama on piano on Feb. 19. Rosenthal and Kazama will play selections from the Romantic period including Edvard Grieg's Sonata in G Major, Massenet's "Meditation from Thais" and Smetana's "From The Homeland."

On March 12, the Alaska State Library Historical Collections staff will present "Treasures form the State Film Archives." The evening will include showings of old Alaska Airlines commercials (very entertaining, according to Bausler), Ted Kennedy's 1968 speech to the Democratic convention in Sitka, and the opening of the Juneau-Douglas bridge.

On March 26, Pickett will be back to talk about early music performance practice and musicians in popular culture in a lecture called "Musings on Music."

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